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Michael Morpurgo has thrilled and delighted huge numbers of young readers since becoming a children’s author in the early 1970s," Wood said.

When her mother goes abroad to join her father Judith is left alone in a strange school and quickly has to make friends and adapt to her new environment. The book follows Judith’s life through the second world war and leaves Judith just after the war is over.As his feelings for Jessie begin to grow beyond friendship, how will he ever manage to protect her--not from her past--but from her future? It is 1935 and we are introduced to Judith Dunbar, a fourteen year old about to embark on life at boarding school while her parents and little sister, Jess, are living a world away in Singapore. Ursula's, an English boarding school, when her parents and younger sister move to colonial Singapore. The descriptions of the path leading to the cove and the charm of Nancherrow were still magnets for me.

This was not, however, the time to unravel the conundrum, because their conversation had brought them down the hill, to the centre of the town, the public library and the parting of their ways.At 14, Judith is sent to boarding school in Cornwall when her mother and sister leave England to rejoin her father in Ceylon and then Singapore. The story left me wanting more and was a bit lacking for me to really get connected with the characters. Judith is left on her own, yet along the way, via her best friend at school, there are people who enter her life and become her second family.

The overcast day had slipped early into darkness and a thin drizzle fell, shimmering against glowing street lamps. I had never read Rosamunde Pilcher before, but I’ve already started another audiobook of hers, also narrated by Helen Johns.

David Wood, chair of Action for Children’s Arts, said Morpurgo is “one of our greatest storytellers”. We are opposite sides of the same coin and, although his work has never influenced mine, I admire the eloquent, considered voice of his best books. That day, the tide-race of the Channel was indigo-blue, but the ocean was turquoise, with rollers pouring in onto the empty beach.



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